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Köln’s biggest tourist attraction is its cathedral.  But cathedrals hold no interest for the Beachbum:  while it is indeed impressive that Jesus turned water into wine, we prefer rum, and we’d heard that Köln’s bartenders do interesting things with it.  So our first tourist stop in Köln was a bar.  So was our second.  Come […]

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The last time the Beachbum found himself in British Columbia, well-nigh ten years ago, the region’s classic Tiki bars had sailed away like Captain Cook after the Yuquot Indians refused to barter for the usual worthless trinkets.  Vancouver’s magnificent Trader Vic’s outpost (pictured above) had been razed.  The city’s other Tiki jewel, the Waldorf Hotel’s […]

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London bartender Rikki Brodrick spent the better part of last October’s Rumfest UK assembling a cement mixer.  The plan was to wheel it onstage to mix the world’s largest Pina Colada, but before that could happen, Rikki had to decode the inscrutable instructions and screw the machine together.  When he finally finished, with seconds to […]

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Our previous Nashville post expressed surprise at how many Music City bars make cocktails that sing.  On hearing that a new bar there called Holland House serves particularly harmonious Tiki drinks, we hopped a freight back to Nashville to check the place out. But first we had to catch up with our favorite Nashville bartender, […]

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The Beachbum is a firm believer in recycling.  Especially his own material.  But on his second visit to Washington D.C. in under a year, there were so many new bars to visit that he found it completely unnecessary to steal from his previous post on Capitol cocktails. Tom Brown’s congenial new watering hole, The Passenger, […]

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